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Cadillac ELR recall targets stability control software issues

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

The 2014 Cadillac ELR is being recalled for an issue with its electronic stability control (ESC) system. According to NHTSA, the software for the car's electronic stability control system may inhibit certain ESC functions, and fail to alert the driver than ESC is partially or fully disabled. This could potentially give the driver no warning that ESC may be off entirely, which could result in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Cadillac ELR models affected by this recall were manufactured between Sept. 26, 2013, and Feb, 14, 2014, and optioned without adaptive cruise control. That adds up to only 656 ELRs, though the Chevrolet Volt-based plug-in hybrid has been in production only since May of last year.

Cadillac is currently in the process of informing owners of the affected cars, though the fix is believed to a relatively simple one from a service standpoint; recalibration of the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM). This fix will be performed at the dealer level free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin April 17.

Cadillac ELR owners who have questions about this recall can contact Cadillac at (800) 458-8006, and use the recall code 14087 for more information.

By Jay Ramey